ITCH e.12 – Taboos

Taboos by Francois Smit

Taboos by Francois Smit

The latest issue of ITCH e.12 is out. The theme: TABOOS.

I acted as coordinating editor for e.12 and contributed the following:

Review of Way Back Home by Niq Mhlongo
“…And it seems that what Mhlongo is telling us is that we need to confront that past again, not in the ways we have been doing in the last decades of our flawed transition, but in a more holistic, accepting way that combines the best of all our problem-solving tools, whether indigenous or Western, modern or traditional, black or white.” Continue reading…

Review of Untitled by Kgebetli Moele
“…But this is no story of a teenage romance which will end for the heroine with an unforgettable First Time with the Boy of Her Dreams. Instead, Untitled is a devastating chronicle of other unforgettables: the abuse and violence – emotional, psychological and physical – that girls face in South Africa.” Continue reading…

Q&A with Helena S. Paige
“…Finding new words for vagina, penis, groan, thrust and pant. At one point Helen suggested that after this we write a sex thesaurus. As in sex, so in writing sex, variety is the spice of life. We tried very hard to keep things original and not use cheesy terms like lady garden, or throbbing manhood. And we banned all lip-biting, by way of homage to Fifty Shades.” Continue reading…

Q&A with S.A. Partridge
“…All these broken lives would have been so different if they had just communicated properly with each other from the start. James and V’s promised love story, which held so much potential, was sabotaged by their inability to say how they really felt about each other.” Continue reading…

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